Uvaria kirkii is usually a shrub growing 1 - 2 metres tall, though sometimes it adopts a more scrambling or climbing habit with stems that can be up to 8 metres long[
The plant is harvested from the wild as a local source of food and wood. It has been cultivated in Jamaica[
In Kenya the species is threatened by coastal development and small scale agriculture, but in Tanzania it seems to have a wider range in a variety of different habitats and hence is less impacted. The plant is classified as 'Near Threatened' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
East tropical Africa - Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique.
Usually found in coastal bushland, scrub thicket or grassland, Brachystegia woodland, Hyphaene palm savannah, though it is sometimes found in riverine habitats. It grows at elevations from sea level to 400 metres[
|Conservation Status||Near Threatened
|Other Uses Rating||
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Fruit - raw[
]. The pulp of ripe fruits is sweet and eaten fresh as a snack. The seeds are discarded[
]. The oblong fruit is 17 - 25mm long and 8 - 11mm wide[
]. It is produced in clusters of 5 - 10 fruits[
A black dye is obtained from the roots[
The wood is used for withies and tool handles[
The wood is used for fuel[
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